A warning is probably in order, both for those who want to avoid spoilers and those who don’t want to lose their lunch. For everyone else, watch this fascinating clip from a new Criterion documentary about Scanners’ special effects, directed by Michael Lennick and available as a supplement on our new edition of the film, out next week. In it, four of the film’s essential crew members—special makeup artists Stephan Dupuis and Chris Walas, director of photography Mark Irwin, and special effects supervisor Gary Zeller—talk about how they created the cult classic’s signature effect. You may be surprised by the rather simple solution they ultimately arrived at.
A Subtler Side of the Hepburn-Grant Magic
Filmmaker and distributor Michael Schlesinger and critic Michael Sragow dive into the pleasures of Holiday, a romantic-comedy classic that has long stood in the shadow of The Philadelphia Story but has a poignancy all its own.
Wim Wenders Looks Back on the Digital Future He Predicted
From search engines to all-engrossing handheld devices, the technologies that the German director conjured for his 1991 opus Until the End of the World are now common features of contemporary life.
John Bailey Breaks Down a Tour de Force of Gothic Lighting
The veteran cinematographer takes a close look at the highly stylized and atmospheric lighting in one of the most pivotal scenes in pre-Code classic The Story of Temple Drake.
All About Mankiewicz
One of the most celebrated Hollywood writer-directors of his time, Joseph L. Mankiewicz offers a window into the way he sees his characters in this illuminating clip from an archival interview.